Edith Wharton's The Mount
Edith Wharton didn’t like parties, at least not those big formal affairs with hundreds of people milling around the house and grounds enjoying tea, crumpets and their place in polite society.
But, after visiting The Mount, Wharton’s home for nine years from 1902 to 1911 and the place where she wrote “Ethan Frome” and “The House of Mirth,” it seems almost a shame she wasn’t more predisposed to entertain. The three-story home, designed by Wharton herself in the fashion of a 17th century Palladian-style English Country home, would have been a great place to host parties during the last days of the Gilded Age, but Wharton wasn’t so inclined. She was much more concerned about writing. Posted on May 25, 2008.
Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount, in Lenox, Mass., as seen from the gardens.
A view of The Mount looking up toward the east side of the house.
A view out the second floor of The Mount, looking to the northeast toward the gardens.
Another view of The Mount from the southeast section of the gardens looking up toward the house.
Fokkelina Klinker and Inge Anema, visitors from the Netherlands, stroll through the gardens.
The garden trellis outside The Mount is located on the east side of the house.
Tour guide Ann Shea greets visitors Sheila and Bob Kaczor of Oregon as they enter the Entrance Hall from the bookstore.
Sheila and Bob Kaczor of Oregon listen to tour guide Ann Shea talk about the Entrance Hall.
A view of the Entranc Hall looking toward Teddy’s Den.
A view of Edith Wharton’s library at The Mount.
The Drawing Room was where Edith Wharton hosted small parties with a few close friends.
Another view of the Drawing Room at Edith Wharton’s home.
The dining area is the next room visitors see at The Mount.
Tour guide Ann Schuyler talks about the butler’s pantry.
The Kaczor’s take a look at The Mount’s original ice box in the basement of Edith Wharton’s home.
Jean and Betty Vermette of Bristol, R.I., check out a display of artifacts at The Mount.
Edith Wharton’s bedroom is on the second floor of her home.
Visitors enter and exit The Mount through the bookstore.